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Traveling to Myanmar - Land of Buddhist

Posted By : Threeland Travel / Myanmar Travel Guide

Explore the land of Buddha during your trip to Myanmar

When mentioning the beautiful scenery of Myanmar, many tourists immediately think of hot air balloons flying at dawn, over the sky of the ancient capital of Bagan, of the Pagan kingdom. This was the first kingdom to unify the regions of present-day Myanmar. During a reign lasting 250 years, Pagan kings and their people built more than 10,000 religious monuments on an area of 104 km². Today, only about 2,200 temples remain. The brick stupas really impress visitors with their rustic look and closeness to nature. Tourists will ride horse-drawn carriages to visit soaring stupa temples, the pride of the Myanmar people.

Every November, the largest hot air balloon festival of the year, Tazaungdaing, takes place here. In Burmese, Tazaungdaing means "Light Festival".

The architecture of traditional Buddhist temples in Myanmar is usually a stupa with a pointed tower soaring into the sky. Others have a pyramid shape. Myanmar history recounts that stupa architecture appeared and became popular during the Pagan dynasty.

Shwedagon Temple in Yangon is considered the holiest temple in the country. Here, a sacred treasure for Buddhists is kept, which are the eight hairs of Shakyamuni Buddha. The temple's gold-plated stupa is 98 m high, encrusted with 5,448 diamonds and 2,317 rubies on top, and on top is a diamond bud with a 76 carat (15 g) diamond. The temple is located on Singuttara hill, from here you can observe the whole city of Yangon.

In Myanmar, especially Yangon, tourists will not find motorbikes. Only government officials, postal workers and electricity workers can use this vehicle.

The car is designed with a steering wheel for both left- and right-handed people. This is a difference in vehicle circulation in Southeast Asia.

Traveling to Myanmar, you will encounter many men wearing sarongs, called longy taipon. They wear it anytime, anywhere, not just on holidays, and regardless of social class.

The Buddhist land 

Kuthodaw Temple is located in Mandalay, the second largest city and the capital of the last royal dynasty of Myanmar on the east bank of the Irrawaddy River. This is a complex of many temples and small marble towers, called Kyauksagu.

Here is kept the Tripitaka made of stone and has up to 1,458 pages, each slab is 1.5 m high and 1 m wide. The entire process of letter carving began on October 14, 1860 and was completed on May 4, 1868. It takes 450 days of 8 hours of reading every day for people to read and understand the entire book.

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From the 12th to 19th centuries, Buddhism became the state religion of this country. Through many historical upheavals, until today, Myanmar is still known as the country of Buddhism, pagodas and temples. Many boys became monks at a very young age. It is not difficult to see monks begging for alms everywhere. They are always respected by the people.

Mandalay Palace

Located on a 413-hectare campus, the fortified Mandalay Palace is surrounded by a system of walls with a tightly designed and extremely sophisticated moat.

This palace was built from 1857 - 1859. Mostly using wooden materials, when King Mindon left the capital from Amarapura to Mandalay. Based on astronomical calculations, location and feng shui, the palace was built right at the foot of Mandalay Hill. The last two kings Mindon and Thibaw lived in this palace.

U Bein Bridge

Traveling to Myanmar, don't forget to walk around U Bein Bridge or take photos of the bridge at sunset before ending your trip for the day. The bridge is 1,200m long, a pedestrian bridge made of teak wood spanning Taungthaman Lake, Myanmar. After a long time, the wooden bridge still curves softly across the quiet lake. From Mandalay, you can easily reach U Bein Bridge by car, motorbike taxi or bus, only about 45 minutes from the center.

Inle Lake

Inle Lake in Shan State is a destination for Myanmar tourists who love to explore the lives of ethnic minorities. One of the most famous ethnic groups is the Intha, with the tradition of rowing wooden boats and fishing with one leg. The best time to go to the lake is at dawn or dusk.

We hope you find this information when travelling to Myanmar to be instructive and useful for your 2023 trip planning. Choose Threeland Travel to assist you in planning your trip to Myanmar if you are seeking for a reputable and competent travel operator. We can tailor your schedule to your preferences and budget, and we can handle everything from ticket reservations to housing and transportation. Please visit our website or call us right now to learn more about our unique promotions and packages. Don't pass up the opportunity to see Myanmar with Threeland Travel!